What to Eat to Stay Healthy in the Summer Heat

In Ayurveda, the diet is personalized for each person based on their constitution, imbalances, age, digestive fire, disease (or lack thereof), and also the season.

When I work with patients, I assess all of those things as I create a personalized diet and lifestyle plan. There’s no one-size-fits all diet for an individual and there are few things you can do during one season that carry over to the next.

summer-sceneRight now, we’re officially in the midst of summer, so your diet should be adjusted accordingly to account for longer, hotter, and drier days. That means the diet that worked for you in the spring, fall, and winter needs change.

In the past, I’d eat the same thing throughout the year and I’d often get all sorts of summertime maladies like rashes and hives. TMI? Ok, let’s look at the basic principles of summertime diet plus some tips on foods to enjoy and avoid right now.

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Sin City to Sick City, Healing When You Feel Like Crap

Sin City = Sick City in my book. Time to get healthy.

Sin City = Sick City in my book. Time to get healthy.

Not only is Vegas Sin City, but it’s also Sick City in my case.

The smoke, air conditioning, windowless rooms (no I don’t do that kind of work), the stress of the work itself, shaking hands with lots of potentially sick people, and the travel to get there.

In my experience, Vegas has pretty much been a magnet for illness. (Let’s hope the Vegas tourism board doesn’t read this!)

Four days in Vegas for work two weeks ago left me with a pretty nasty flu last week. Fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, headache, congestion. My symptoms reminded me of those Nyquil commercials from my childhood.

That old adage about feeding a fever, starving a cold? It doesn’t hold true at all in Ayurveda. Well, it’s half true anyway. When you’re sick, you should almost always fast or at least eat light.

I blogged a few months ago on tips to heal a cold, now here’s an explanation of why we get sick and an easy recipe to make when your immune system is compromised.

The reason we get sick can best be explained with an analogy (this, courtesy of Ayurvedic practitioner and one of my very brilliant teachers Mahesh Sabade).

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One Drink to Improve Digestion and Heal Illness in Your Gut

If takra had a tagline, it would be: Lighten your yogurt, digest more, make your tummy feel good. So maybe there’s a reason I don’t write for commercials, but I can attest to the many benefits of takra on my own digestion and I’ve seen it work wonders for patients.

Takra, also called buttermilk, helps increase your digestive power. (It’s not the fermented buttermilk you buy in the store.) Regular ole yogurt’s properties make it sour and heavy to digest. As with most fermented foods, yogurt also increases water retention in the body and can cause a variety of skin conditions, from acne to rashes.

But when you make takra, you lighten the properties of yogurt and remove the sourness so that it’s light and digestive. This takra mixture can help pretty much any disease in the gastrointestinal tract, whether diarrhea, IBS, hemorrhoids, Chron’s disease, or any sort of slow digestion or constipation.

Watch a six-second video showing you how to make takra:

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